Patchwork of Paychecks: Oregon
There are not enough jobs to go around in Oregon. There are 235,000 job seekers, but only about 64,000 total job openings. Of those, only 52 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 14 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are seven job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 27 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.
Additionally, women and people of color in Oregon are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While nearly 30 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 35 percent of workers of color and 42 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.